Mountain Bikes Sold At Wal-Mart Recalled

About 132,000 mountain bicycles sold at Wal-Mart stores are being recalled because their suspension forks can break apart, potentially causing riders to lose control, fall and be injured.

There have been 20 reports of the Ballistic 105 forks breaking on the Next Ultra Shock bicycles, resulting in injuries to 19 riders, including concussions and chipped teeth, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

BY US International Co., of Taiwan, manufactured the forks on these bicycles, which were distributed by Dynacraft Industries Inc., of San Rafael, Calif. The recall includes blue Next Ultra Shock bicycles with model numbers 8524-14 and 8526-20.

The bicycles were manufactured between April 1999 and November 9, 1999. A label on the frame near the crank housing identifies the model and manufacture date. The name "Ultra Shock'' is on the bicycle down tube in white lettering.

Wal-Mart stores sold these mountain bikes from May 1999 through December 2000 for about $150.

Next Ultra Shock bicycles manufactured after November 9, 1999, did not use the Ballistic forks and are not being recalled.

The government said consumers should stop using the recalled bicycles and call Dynacraft Industries toll-free at 1-800-288-1560 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday for information on receiving a free replacement fork.

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